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JoeBentley 16 October 2011 10:49 AM

Name the common element
 
Simple game, simple rules.

The following things have something in common.

1. Ernest Hemingway.
2. John Steinbeck.
3. Dr. Suess.
4. William Styron.
5. Irving Wallace.
6. Glenn Beck.
7. Jimmy Buffett.
8. Mitch Albom.

Name thing common element.

damian 16 October 2011 11:54 AM

Thay are all male American writers that have never been in my kitchen.

tagurit 16 October 2011 03:09 PM

Darn, I thought this was going to be a periodic table game.

lavender blue 16 October 2011 03:19 PM

Me too! They've all got C, N, O, H, Fe.... :lol:

A Turtle Named Mack 16 October 2011 03:38 PM

They were all secret cross-dressers?

Auntie Witch 16 October 2011 04:18 PM

Wrote things on a dare/challenge?

musicgeek 16 October 2011 05:30 PM

I was thinking maybe it had to do with days of the week in titles (Irving Wallace's The Sunday Gentleman, Mitch Albom's Tuesdays With Morrie, so I went to look up whether any of Jimmy Buffet's titles fit the bill. The Wikipedia article gave it away, so I'll abstain from answering in case anyone can come up with it on their own.

Brad from Georgia 16 October 2011 05:45 PM

All had both fiction and nonfiction best-sellers?

marrya 16 October 2011 07:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by musicgeek (Post 1540659)
I was thinking maybe it had to do with days of the week in titles (Irving Wallace's The Sunday Gentleman, Mitch Albom's Tuesdays With Morrie, so I went to look up whether any of Jimmy Buffet's titles fit the bill. The Wikipedia article gave it away, so I'll abstain from answering in case anyone can come up with it on their own.

But he does have 'come Monday' so, you could be right, in another way?

musicgeek 16 October 2011 08:59 PM

I don't think Buffet used that title as a book title, though. (Brad's got it! Although calling anything produced by Glenn Beck a work of non-fiction...)

Brad from Georgia 16 October 2011 09:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by musicgeek (Post 1540695)
I don't think Buffet used that title as a book title, though. (Brad's got it! Although calling anything produced by Glenn Beck a work of non-fiction...)

That's what stumped me for a while....

marrya 17 October 2011 10:07 AM

So, does the winner post the next set?
Or can I jump in with one?


What do the following people have in common?

Ramblin Man'
Hard Hearted Hannah
Wanted Man
The Old Man No One Loves
Me And You And A Dog Named Boo

Brad from Georgia 17 October 2011 12:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by marrya (Post 1540912)
So, does the winner post the next set?
Or can I jump in with one?


What do the following people have in common?

Ramblin Man'
Hard Hearted Hannah
Wanted Man
The Old Man No One Loves
Me And You And A Dog Named Boo

Too easy. They all mention Georgia somewhere in the lyrics. Am I supposed to come up with one?

Brad from Georgia 17 October 2011 12:11 PM

Uh...okay. How about these writers? What is the common element?

John D. Macdonald
John Updike
Sue Grafton
Janet Evanovich
Ellery Queen
Lilian Jackson Braun
Martha Grimes

I don't expect this will take you long.

damian 17 October 2011 12:13 PM

They all mention Georgia.

My turn. What specific thing do these actors have in common:

Guy Pearce, Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Isla Fisher, Hugo Weaving, Olivia Newton-John.


(eta - spanked, but try anyway)

musicgeek 17 October 2011 12:36 PM

Damian - they're all Australian? (Not specific enough?)

Brad - I'm seeing a lot of detective fiction, but I'm not sure where Updike fits in.

damian 17 October 2011 12:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by musicgeek (Post 1540928)
Damian - they're all Australian? (Not specific enough?)

That would have been too easy. They are all "Australian" actors that were not born in Australia.

Dara bhur gCara 17 October 2011 12:49 PM

damian - are they all Australians who weren't actually born in Australia? Obviously, Mel Gibson and Nicole Kidman were born in the US, and I think Guy Pearce was born in England.

ETA: Oh, boo. That's what I get for going to make a cup of tea while posting.

kitap 17 October 2011 12:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Brad from Georgia (Post 1540921)
Uh...okay. How about these writers? What is the common element?

John D. Macdonald
John Updike
Sue Grafton
Janet Evanovich
Ellery Queen
Lilian Jackson Braun
Martha Grimes

I don't expect this will take you long.

Books with themed titles?

Brad from Georgia 17 October 2011 01:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kitap (Post 1540932)
Books with themed titles?

EX-actle. Updike's "Rabbit" books all had a pattern of alliteration (Rabbit Run, Rabbit Redux, Rabbit at Rest, etc.). Macdonald used a color code in his Travis McGee series: The Deep Blue Goodbye, The Long Lavender Look....
And so on.


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